Hiking on the 28 mile, Trail Between The Lakes, in the Sabine National Forest you will find a working forest in the Piney Woods of East Texas. Many miles of the trail have no cell phone service, so it is vital that you are prepared for your day-hike or backpacking trip as it may be very hard to get help if you get hurt or lost. You may only intend to hike for 2-3 hours, but always carry supplies so you could spend the night just in case of weather, or injury. Just to name a few.
The Forest Service will periodically conduct "Prescribed Burns", in Spring-time, on different compartments of the forest to improve wildlife habitat, prevent catastrophic wildfires, kill invasive species of plants, and better forest health. Check with the Sabine National Forest district office before hiking at 409-625-1940
The Forest Service will place ribbon across the trail, on the day of the prescribed burn, to make sure nobody is hiking the trail. Do not cross ribbon stretched across the trail. If you see a helicopter flying low overhead or smell smoke on the trail while hiking, get out to the closest road.
Always leave word with someone when going hiking or backpacking as to where you are hiking, when entering & expect to leave forest, so if they don't hear from you they can get help for you. This is wildland forest that can have unpredictable weather, animals, insects, and possibility for injury. Know your limitations.
DAY HIKE ITEMS NEEDED:
One of two types of trail markers on the TBTL
MAPRIKA is a free mapping app for your phone.
After you have installed the app, click of the following links to install the TBTL section maps.
If links don't work search for "tbtl" on the Maprika website.
The Trail Between The Lakes (TBTL) is divided into four section maps that can be downloaded and printed from your computer. Put in a zip-lock bag to be weather tight.
We also have a PDF with GPS coordinates of road crossings and Trailheads if you want to stash drinking water at road crossings. Put your name & date left on water jugs.
Four section maps of the Trail Between the Lakes.
Start of trail is a Trailhead # 1 in Lakeview Recreation Area. Maps are numbered East to West, 1 -4.
Put printed map in a zip-lock bag to keep it water proof during a hike.
TBTL Sections 1 (jpg)Download
TBTL Sections 2 (jpg)Download
TBTL Sections 3 (jpg)Download
TBTL Sections 4 (jpg)Download
TBTL - Trailheads and Road Crossings GPS Coordinates (pdf)Download
Sabine National Forest map (pdf)Download
Hunters Camps Map - Sabine National Forest (pdf)Download
MoorePlantation_WMA_Map_ Hunting (pdf)Download